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Carpal Tunnel Injection

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Carpal Tunnel Injection

What is it?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression and inflammation of the median nerve as it travels under the transverse carpal ligament in the wrist. Carpal tunnel injections involve injecting local anesthetic and steroid around the nerve.

What is the purpose?

The injection will decrease inflammation around the nerve, alleviating hand numbness and pain.

How will it affect my daily life?

There should be no effect on work or recreation, but activities should be limited to comfort level.

What can I expect?

This is an outpatient procedure that is well tolerated, although you may experience increased pain in the wrist for a few days following injection.

What are the risks and side effects?

Generally speaking, this procedure is safe. However, with any procedure there are risks, side effects and possibility of complications. The most common side effect is pain - which is temporary. The other risks involve, infection, bleeding, worsening of symptoms or no relief.